A few months ago National Geographics dedicated its cover to the topic and a few pages to talk about how much robotics has advanced for practical purposes. Of course, it has nothing to do with what the TV shows of the 80s showed, predicting that by this time we were going to have robots with human forms, interacting with us, thinking and even invading the world to take control.
But the original idea of robots has advanced every day, in the industry we see it a long time ago, to mechanize processes. Companies like iRobot have made these arrive for more everyday purposes. The other time I was in Houston, with a friend who has a nice dog, but leaves hair everywhere, we started to geofumar about why these toys have become so important in this world, and at much lower prices. what it would cost to do those routines with living people. Among the most marketable uses are the militia, domestic cleaning, industrial cleaning, private security, remote communication and research.
The need to save lives has led to the development of toys that detect mines, make semi-autonomous journeys, scan 2 and 3 dimensions, generate maps, not only on land but by air and in the marine environment. In May of this year, the Irobots company reported that it has a request from the US Navy for 16.8 million dollars. To show at least three copies in action.
|You can manipulate a rock up to 150 pounds, see it interact with an explosive object.||They can climb bleachers. Ideal for sending them to explore not only for military purposes but for public safety||It can detect mines in the sea, and can even generate information for digital submarine model.|
The home uses of robots
But nobody of us has many plans to buy such an object, because we are not military. But common tasks, tired, routine and that take our patience are the first where the world of robotics has ventured. Sweeping, vacuuming the carpet, mowing the lawn and cleaning the canals or the pool are routines that in the first two years of marriage I even enjoyed doing them. But the frequency that it requires, the tone of who asks for it or the price that has to be paid for someone to do it becomes tedious.
And that's where the marketing of these products comes in, because the time these days is very valuable to be spending it cleaning the cat's fluff every day. Let's see some examples:
|She sucks the carpet, as if she were an expert employee. With the difference that their sensors have the precision of knowing when it requires another pass without leaving an inch on the outside.||This one I love, cleans the channels, you just have to place it at the end and it moves like a heroic husband eliminating the result of months of inclement weather.||You can clean the bottom of pools, you just have to put it and this is responsible for removing dust, hair and even seaweed and bacteria.|
Variations of these, such as Scooba and DirtDog, perform sweep work, cleaning in worse conditions and cutting grass. Apart from extra accessories that are an art.
An employee who cleans the pool twice a month, mows the lawn one, cleans the carpet twice a week and sweeps the dirty of the garage, hairs and remains of the pet each day could be charging in a middle developed country not less than $ 6 the hour, assuming that 7 works hours per day, 6 days per week would mean $ 1,000 plus related labor benefits, while in a developing country it could be $ 300. These toys are costing half of that, and this reason is causing people who do not want to spend their valuable time picking up the fluff of the dog choose to invest in a robot ranging from $ 300.
The opportunity for developers
In case someone wants to make modifications, the architecture of these toys is open and allows to create more specialized routines.
Companies dedicated to the provision of cleaning services could customize the functionality through Aware 2.0 and companies that develop accessories could do many more wonders.
And I ... I want one!
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